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Ant Control in Boise ID

Ant control in Boise, ID is a necessary and often underrecognized service by many local homeowners. Because of the ecologically diverse area of Treasure Valley, ant invasions can quickly turn from a minor nuisance to a significant Boise ant infestation.

At Candor Pest Control, we offer unmatched ant control solutions that are customized to not only the environmental needs of our local community in Boise but also to your property’s specific needs. Call now for a FREE ant inspection and same-day service!

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Boise Ant Infestations

Boise, ID is home to a wide variety of ants, and once these guys get in your home, they can put in some serious work posing a risk to your health and safety. If you are seeing signs of ants in your home, do not hesitate to reach out to your local pest experts at Candor Pest Control for a FREE no-obligation inspection before things get out of hand.

Idaho's Native Ants

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Carpenter Ants

(Camponotus spp.)

  • Large size, typically 1/4 – 1/2 inch long
  • Black, red or a combination of the two
  • Noticeable waist with one node
  • Smooth, rounded thorax when viewed from the side

Known for damaging wood by hollowing it out for nests, carpenter ants are a significant concern for homeowners. They’re large in size and will cause damage to the wood products used in building construction.

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Pavement Ants

(Tetramorium caespitum)

  • Small, about 1/8 inch long
  • Dark brown to black in color
  • Two nodes on the petiole, seen between the thorax and abdomen
  • Parallel lines on head and thorax

Pavement ants are small, dark-colored ants that can usually be found under pavements, stones, and around the foundation of buildings. They are best known for having large mounds of dirt at their nests entrance.

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Odorous House Ants

(Tapinoma sessile)

  • Small, about 1/16 to 1/8 inch long
  • Brown or black in color
  • Gives off a rotten coconut smelll when crushed
  • One node on the petiole
  • Erect hairs on the body

Odorous house ants get their name from their distinctly unpleasant odor they emit when crushed. These ants being some of the most common found in homes, they’re attracted to sweet things and the places where you keep your food.

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Field Ants

(Formica spp.)

  • Medium to large, 1/4 to 1/2 inch long
  • Colors vary widely from black, brown, red, to combinations of these
  • One node on the petiole
  • Erect hairs on the body

Field ants get their name from their tendency to build their nests in the ground, often in open areas and under objects like rocks and logs. You likely won’t see them in your home, but they’re commonly a nuisance in gardens and lawns.

Idaho Thief Ant Control

Thief Ants

(Solenopsis molesta)

  • Very small, about 1/32 inch long
  • Yellowish to light brown in color
  • Two nodes on the petiole
  • Eyes small relative to head size

Thief ants are most well-known for their small size. Also, they have a certain preference for greasy and high-protein foods. It’s very easy for them to invade homes and contaminate food sources, and their nests are often hidden in hard to reach places.

Idaho Pharaoh Ant Control

Pharaoh Ants

(Monomorium pharaonis)

  • Large size, typically 1/4 – 1/2 inch long
  • Black, red or a combination of the two
  • Noticeable waist with one node
  • Smooth, rounded thorax when viewed from the side

Pharaoh ants can be a real indoor nuisance, known for their ability to infest a wide range of areas in buildings. They prefer warm, humid environments and can spread bacteria. The worst, their colonies are large and can split through budding.

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Cornfield Ants

(Lasius spp.)

  • Small to medium, about 1/8 inch long
  • Light brown to dark brown in color
  • One node on the petiole
  • Body often shiny

Cornfield ants are typically found outdoors, but they can occasionally enter homes. They’re attracted to sweet things, and have a symbiotic relationship with a farm and garden pest called aphids. Their nests are usually not aggressive unless disturbed.

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Harvester Ants

(Pogonomyrmex spp.)

  • Relatively large, up to 1/2 inch long
  • Red, brown, or black in color
  • One node on the petiole
  • Hairs on the underside of the head

Harvester ants get their name from their primary food source: collecting seeds, which they store in their nest. They have a preference for dry, sandy environments and can be identified by the circular areas they create for nest entrances. Also, their sting can be quite painful.

Boise Idaho Argentine Ant Control

Argentine Ants

(Linepithema humile)

  • Small, about 1/8 inch long
  • Light to dark brown in color
  • Single node on the petiole, not easily viable
  • Smooth and shiny body

Argentine ants are a species known to invade and to have large colonies with multiple queens. They have a preference for sweet foods and will rapidly colonize both indoor and outdoor areas. Because of this aggressive colonization, they can displace native ants and disrupt ecosystems.

Idaho Fire Ant Control

Fire Ants

(Solenopsis invicta)

  • Small to medium, 1/8 to 3/8 inch long
  • Reddish-brown to black
  • Two nodes on the petiole
  • Aggressive behavior and painful sting

Fire ants are an invasive, aggressive species known for their painful stings that can cause allergic reactions. They build large mounds in the ground and may cause damage to crops, wildlife, and even electrical equipment. Fire ants are more common in warmer climates, but they have been reported in Idaho.

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Velvety Tree Ants

(Liometopum spp.)

  • Medium size, about 1/4 inch long
  • Black and reddish-brown coloration
  • Single node on the petiole
  • Dense hairs on the body giving a velvety appearance

Velvety tree ants nest in trees and are most easily identified by their smooth, velvety appearance created by the dense hairs on their body. They can invade homes when hungry and often prefer sweet or greasy substances. Velvety tree ants can be aggressive when their nests are disturbed.

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